Saints, Goddesses and Kings Paperback

Muslims and Christians in South Indian Society, 1700-1900

by Susan Bayly (christ's College, Cambridge)

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Saints, Goddesses and Kings

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South India is often portrayed as a land of Hindu orthodoxy, yet in fact three great 'world religions' have inter-acted in the region over many centuries. Saints, Goddesses and Kings uses a powerful combination of oral, literary and archival evidence to investigate the social and religious world of those large and influential groups of South Indians who came to identify themselves as Christians and Muslims, while retaining powerful links with the religion and culture of the wider society. Susan Bayly shows how Christianity and Islam spread along the military and agricultural frontiers of southern India, and how certain beliefs and practices derived local force from an ambiguous relationship with the worship of existing Hindu goddesses. Saints, Goddesses and Kings thus illumines not only the meaning and history of religious conversion and the nature of community, but wider processes of social and political change within the sub-continent and, indeed, colonial societies in general.

Saints, Goddesses and Kings by Susan Bayly (christ's College, Cambridge) was published by Cambridge University Press in April 2004 and is our 58348th best seller. The ISBN for Saints, Goddesses and Kings is 9780521891035.

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Details for Saints, Goddesses and Kings

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherCambridge University Press (April 2004)
Number of Pages532
Thickness30 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code1151757
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